Censor.NET reports citing Poroshenko's Facebook.
"We welcome the EU's unanimous decision to extend sectoral economic sanctions against Russia starting from Jan. 31, 2017.
"I am sincerely grateful for the solid unity and solidarity of the European leaders in the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.
"Despite its manipulations and hybrid propaganda, Russia could not escape responsibility for the continued aggression in the Donbas and unwillingness to fulfill the Minsk agreements.
"Russia must also pay a high price for the heinous war crimes it has supported and perpetrated in Syria, especially in Aleppo," the president wrote.
In 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia following its occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia's officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced.
The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies.
The Russian Federation introduced a package of retaliation restrictions against the EU, the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Norway in August 2014. The so-called counter-sanctions prohibited imports of fruit, vegetables, as well as dairy and meat products to Russia from these countries for a one-year period.
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